Saturday, February 26, 2011

Manicure of the Day- China Glaze Crackle: Broken Hearted

More Crackles! I love these, they have infinite possibilities. :D

I'm wearing Broken Hearted over Sun Worshipper from the Summer 2010 collection.

Sun Worshipper is a neon shade, so it dries matte. That's partially why I selected it as my base color. Mattes dry very quickly, and since I'm impatient, that works for me.

The odd thing about what happened with this combo was the crackle actually cracked my base color so you can see my nail underneath. I'm wondering if it's because Sun Worshipper is a matte... who knows. I'll experiment further with mattes as base shades. It's not incredibly noticeable, and it doesn't bother me because these colors together are just so fabulous.

Broken Hearted is a wee bit on the thick side. But not very difficult to use. It gets streaky but evens out slightly as it dries. Top coat also helps to conceal those lines. It cracks perfectly, of course if you use a thin coat it will crack more. I'd say I used an average coat. Heavier coats will result in less cracking.

Right hand. I'm not sure what else to say besides, YAY! I love pink and orange.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


My Konading supplies arrived last week, and I'm super excited!

Konad is a nail art stamping system that consists of metal plates with laser etched designs, special polish, a scraper and rubber stamp. How it works is the special polish is applied to the metal plate on the design of your choice and the excess polish is scraped off using the scraper and the design is then picked up on the rubber stamp and then quickly applied to the nail.
The designs can be layered and combined with other things like stickers, rhinestones and glitter.
For more info visit this site:

Now for the swatches!

This is my first attempt at Konading. I used plate m14 and the black and white special polish. The special polishes are super thick and cannot be used as regular nail polish as they do not dry. This is why they appear so clearly and pigmented on the nail. The polish is instantly dry after stamping.

You can use other polishes if you like, but I definitely recommend playing around with it first. Thick polishes with a cream finish, and metallic finishes work the best. My base color here is Sugar High by China Glaze, and in the background you can see that I broke my thumbnail off! D:

The black special polish smearsssssssssssssssssss all over unless you use a thick topcoat and work gently. I had no issues with the white smearing or anything. Cleanup of the process is slightly messy and the black is yet again unruly. I ordered my Konad from Amazon from the seller Beauty Knockout. Amazon lets you get more bang for your buck since this seller offers most of the Konad line for half off.

RIP thumbnail! Uhg terrible.

Anyway, I'm loving this and need a better set up for it than using my trumpet case on my bed haha.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sultry Blue and Bronze Makeup Tutorial

Manicure of the Day- China Glaze Crackle: Fault Line

China Glaze Crackle is here!! I'm stoked. I purchased all the colors and will be sharing them as I use them!
The color lineup is:
Black Mesh - A plain black
Cracked Concrete - A creamy medium grey
Lightning Bolt - A stark white
Fault Line - A shimmery purple
Broken Hearted - A medium pink
Crushed Candy - A light pastel blue

Aaand here we go!

Fault Line over China Glaze White on White

These new polishes are remniscent of the Cover Girl crackle polishes from forever ago. I only owned one and it was a funky grassy green. It never looked right because it was so thin, but these China Glaze Crackle glazes are fantastic!

These do take some getting used to. Firstly, you MUST let your base color dry fully. Next, you do need to work quickly with these because they dry very fast. These are not for the nail perfectionist. I just slop the color on evenly as possible, don't try to cover the whole nail seamlessly, and don't try to double dip and layer because by the time you come back the polish will be halfway through it's drying process. These NEED a top coat, unless you like the matte finish they have.

I've been reading reviews of these polishes and a lot of people are having difficulties. I read one review that said the purple didn't crack much, if at all. But as you can see, mine cracked a ton! I tested them all and had no problems at all. So if you purchase, test them out and be a tiny bit patient.

And this is my right hand, just to show you how it cracked on my other hand.
Overall, I'm so excited that crackle polish has been re-released! It's such a fabulous grungy, messy and funky way to liven up your regular manicures!!

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